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NOLA is the Ticket for The 2020 Travel Goods Show


The Travel Goods Show is headed for New Orleans, one of the world's great destination cities. Come for the planet's best showcase for travel products, stay for world famous cuisine, music, culture and history, in one of the oldest European settlements in America. This will be a huge retailer draw you won't want to miss – and now is the time to book space on the all-new floor plan while the early-bird discount is still in effect. Contact Cathy Trecartin,, 877-842-1938, x-702 and start building your 2020 sales momentum now.

President Trump Threatens to Increase Punitive Tariffs to 25% on U.S. Travel Goods Imports from China at 12:01 a.m. this Friday


On May 6, President Trump’s U.S. Trade Representative confirmed President Trump’s tweets, stating that punitive tariffs on U.S. imports of travel goods from China will increase from 10% to 25% tomorrow, May 10, at 12:01 a.m. These punitive tariffs are in addition to the normal tariffs we already pay on U.S. travel goods imports. Example: normal tariff on U.S. import textile luggage or backpacks is 17.6%. Today it is 27.6% (17.6% + 10% punitive tariff), and tomorrow it will go up to 42.6% (17.6% + 25% punitive tariff). Today, 82% of all travel goods sold in the U.S. are from China. TGA strongly opposes the punitive tariffs. We will keep explaining to President Trump that China does not pay the tariffs. We do – in the form of higher, hidden taxes on U.S. travel goods firms, our 100,000 U.S. workers, and hardworking American families.

U.S. Travel Goods Industry Faces More California Prop 65 Notices; TGA Prop 65 Best Practices Guidance


In the last two months, new California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) "60-day" notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold totes (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4), messenger/cross body bags (Notice 1), duffel bags (Notice 1), travel bottles (Notice 1), luggage tags (Notice 1, Notice 2), handbags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6, Notice 7, Notice 8), wallets (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5), backpacks (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4), cosmetic bags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5), travel cases (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6), phone/tablet cases/holders/sleeves (Notice 1, Notice 2), fanny packs (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4), and travel shoe cleaning kits (Notice 1) in California that contained di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and/or diisononyl phthalate (DINP) in violation of a California law known as Proposition 65 (Prop 65). The notices serve as intent to bring lawsuits against the recipients of the notices that sold these products. Check out TGA’s California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) Best Practices Guidance. This member-only guidance details best practices in developing your company’s Prop 65 testing and warning label protocol, including recommendations on which warning label text to use, where to place the warning label text, and how to test for Prop 65 listed chemicals in your products. For more information on Prop 65, please go to the Prop 65 page on the TGA website or contact TGA's Nate Herman,, (202) 853-9351.

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7 Travel Upgrades You Can Actually Afford


There’s no denying the convenience of modern-day travel. But unless you’re flying first class, things can get a little cramped. How can you get a luxury travel experience without breaking the bank? Don’t worry – there are a few luxury travel perks you can use to make your time on the ground and in the air a little more enjoyable. READ MORE


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Study: Travel Jobs Offer Strong Opportunities


Travel industry jobs lead to higher wages and a permanent foothold for financial success, outpacing compensation in both manufacturing and healthcare, according to the U.S. Travel Association’s Made in America: Travel’s Contribution to Workforce Development. Read on for the top findings from the report. READ MORE

Look at Problems as an Opportunity


Problems are the bread and butter of leadership, because solving them creates opportunity – and you'll never run out of problems to solve, writes Ken Goldstein. "The reward for getting over a hill is the opportunity to climb another hill," he writes. READ MORE

These Are the Airlines Most Likely to Lose Your Luggage


After getting to the airport on time, making it through security, and enduring your flight, there's one more hurdle you have to clear before starting your trip: Collecting your checked baggage. Short of cramming everything into a carry-on, one way to reduce your chances of losing a checked bag is to choose the right airline. Here's the rundown of airlines’ likelihood to lose your baggage, from most to least likely. READ MORE